As a specialist postgraduate university located at the heart of the UK’s Cambridge – Milton Keynes – Oxford arc, Cranfield University’s world-class programmes, unrivalled facilities, close links with business, industry and governments, and international outlook all combine to attract students and teaching staff from around the globe. The result is a long track record of creating leaders and innovators in specialist areas of science, technology, engineering and management. Cranfield graduates are in demand and their association with the university brings benefits throughout their careers.
Cranfield is of the top six research universities in the UK, home to many world-class, large-scale facilities which enhance teaching and research. It is the only university in Europe to have its own airport – the global research airport offers a unique environment for transformational research. The living laboratory is a testbed for transformative technologies and new approaches to deliver enhanced social, economic and environmental outcomes in urban, transport and infrastructure systems.
Why Cranfield University:
Connection to industry: Cranfield works closely with business, industry, and governments around the world. Through industry partnerships, applied research projects, and executive education and development programs, Cranfield currently works with over 1,500 companies and organisations.
Academic excellence: Cranfield is a six-time winner of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education. It is ranked in the top ten UK universities for commercial research, consultancy, and professional development, and ranked by Times Higher Education as first in the UK for research income per academic in 2017.
Small class sizes: Cranfield’s staff-to-student ratio of 8:1 is one of the best of any university in the UK, giving students a hands-on, practical approach to the learning experience.
World-class facilities: Built on a former RAF base, Cranfield is one of only a few universities in the world to own and run its own airport, maintaining an aerospace heritage stretching back more than 70 years. Many facilities are industry standard, used by other universities and serve as essential, front-line resources for the UK as a whole. These include the National Flying Laboratory Centre, the National Wind Tunnel facility, and the National Reference Centre for Soils.